One of the world’s most ordered dishes by travellers, at just about any hour of the day or night, is the always satisfying club sandwich.

The traditional version of the club sandwich is with alternating triangles of bread, chicken or turkey, boiled egg, tomato, bacon, lettuce. These multi-layered fancy sandwiches are usually held together only by a type of coctail-stick and may pose quite a challenge to be consumed in a tidy fashion ..

Far more elegant than other fast foods, the club sandwich has a fine history. It is said to be the invention of the chef of a gentlemen’s gambling club in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1894. It has been found on the dining menu of the steamship Rhode Island on 17 October 1899, and made it to Europe in the 1920s along with the then fashion for everything American: cruise liners, jazz and cocktail bars.

The club sandwich has always been the classiest kind of comfort food. It is supposed to have been a favourite of Edward VIII, and it is said that wife Wallis Simpson dined on it frequently during her anxious residence at Felixstowe, while she waited for the king to abdicate.

The club sandwich is simple and comforting, yet still gives you, for an instant, that five-star-hotel feeling. In Paris, arguably the culinary capital of the world, a top class club sandwich is served at many establishments, from tearooms to upscale bars to grand hotels.

To help you find the best club sandwich in Paris we share with you some of the ‘best in town’ to help you make up your mind where to sit down for this delightful classic.

Bar 228 at the Hotel Meurice – this Palace Hotel in the heart of Paris is luxury and excellence all the way extending to its perfect club sandwich, which, under the helm of Alain Ducasse, has been elected several times as best club sandwich in Paris! The bread deliciously toasted and hot, ingredients fresh and servings are generous. Available in four versions are a Vegeterian club sandwich at 32€, Chicken club sandwich at 34€, a Smoked salmon club sandwich at 38€ and Lobster club sandwich at 52€.

Café de Flore – at this mythical Saint-Germain institution the Club sandwich is served in three versions. The classic Chicken club sandwich at 22€, the Smoked salmon club sandwich at 24€ and the special ‘Club Rykiel’ at 19,50€; a club sandwich without bread or mayonnaise with ketchup and mustard – a favourite with true Parisiennes.

Pâtisserie/Salon du Thé Carette – this classic place with its lovely terrace on Place du Trocadéro not only offers the best view of the Eiffel Tower and the Left Bank of the river Seine, but also serves a delicious large club sandwich ‘Parisienne‘ with Paris ham, emmental cheese, egg mimosa and salad, served with coleslaw. Price 25€

The Bar at Hotel Le Plaza Athenée – Pure luxury with a nod to hotel Le Meurice in a lovely ambiance. Two choices: Chicken club sandwich with tomato confit, romaine lettuce, chicken, bacon, egg, mayonnaise and homemade potato crisps or the Lobster club sandwich with avocado, romaine lettuce, mixed salad leaves, tomato, cucumber and homemade potato crisps. Price 40€ and 52€ respectively.

Ladurée – Expect opulent sandwiches at this house of decadent munching. (Tip: the hot chocolate and macaroons are truly delicious!) On the menu a Salmon club sandwich made with iceberg lettuce and cucumber at 27€, the ‘Club Ladurée’ prepared with farm range chicken, pastrami, organic egg and tomatoes and the original ‘Club Champs-Élysées’ with aubergine, tomato, mozzarella, basil and courgette, both at 25€.

Café de Flore – at this mythical Saint-Germain institution the Club sandwich is served in three versions. The classic Chicken club sandwich at 22€, the Smoked salmon club sandwich at 24€ and the special ‘Club Rykiel’ at 19,50€; a club sandwich without bread or mayonnaise with ketchup and mustard – a favourite with true Parisiennes.

 

 

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